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Charter school advocates get down and, some say, dirty - Mission Local
Innovate’s damning report about this city’s achievement gap isn’t just visually stunning. It’s also plausible. This city’s failure of its minority communities is not an abstract concept for the parents who attend Innovate rallies and grab the microphone. Innovate founder and CEO Matt Hammer bristles at the notion that the black and Latino parents — and churches — working with his organization and serving as its public face are being paid off. Their concern is real. Their fear and anger are justified.  

It also happens to dovetail with the agenda of a Silicon Valley nonprofit that happens to be funded by big-money players who can be credibly accused of attempting to unmake the public education system.  
education  charter-schools  san-francisco  public-schools 
17 days ago by tarakc02
Die Weltwoche | Weltwoche Online – www.weltwoche.ch: Interview of the Week: Peter Thiel:“Hypnotic Mass Phenomena” | Die Weltwoche, Ausgabe 29/2018
"At one point, the wisdom of crowds tips into the madness of crowds"

and

"Because in a democracy, we believe that the average person should be able to make some judgements: Do you like the funny man with the strange hairdo or do you like the mean grandmother for president in the United States? These are some common sense things that people should be able to debate. And if you say that you are not allowed to think about that, then you probably should not be allowed to think about anything."

and

"One of the self-descriptions we always have in Europe is that it’s the fear of failure which makes people too risk averse. I wonder if it is actually the opposite, maybe it’s a fear of success. The most important decision in the history of Facebook was that we were offered a billion of dollars in the summer of 2006, and we turned it down. I think if we did it in the European context it would have gotten sold every time. There is something about the social-democratic sensibilities of Western Europe where it is incredibly uncomfortable for people to do too well. In Germany, you have this idea of the Mittelstand companies and then you have the tech start-ups. I am always struck how these things don’t map onto one another at all. The real question should be: How do we get the kind of Mittelstand companies for the 21st century? But somehow, the culture around tech there is more transactional. It’s not the sense of building long-term, permanent businesses. It has more of a cargo-cult-feel, you have the appearance of a company but it is not a real business."
peter-thiel  tech  technology  silicon-valley  san-francisco  politics  trump  usa  germany  europe 
19 days ago by actualitems
Motorcycle parking near 199 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA, USA
See parking prices/locations for garage & street parking near 199 Fremont Street, San Francisco, CA, USA. Get your best, cheapest, nearest parking options.| Park smart. Save money and time.
san-francisco  motorcycle 
4 weeks ago by clehene
San Francisco’s Big Seismic Gamble
"In light of the problems with the Millennium Tower, there are now increasing calls in California for a reassessment of earthquake risks, much of it focused on strengthening the building code. Right now the code says a structure must be engineered to have a 90 percent chance of avoiding total collapse. But many experts believe that is not enough. The code also does not specify that a building be fit for occupancy after an earthquake. Many buildings might not collapse completely, but they could be damaged beyond repair. The interior walls, the plumbing, elevators — all could be wrecked or damaged. 'When I tell people what the current building code gives them most people are shocked,' Dr. Jones said. 'Enough buildings will be so badly damaged that people are going to find it too hard to live in L.A. or San Francisco.'"
a:Thomas-Fuller  a:Anjali-Singhvi  a:Josh-Williams  p:The-New-York-Times★★  d:2018.04.17  w:2500  architecture  regulation  disaster  San-Francisco  Los-Angeles  from instapaper
9 weeks ago by bankbryan
San Franciscans use a different voting system—and it’s way better. Here’s why.
"If you’re like me, you have strong political opinions that generally align with one party—but you also think that the political establishment gets a lot of stuff wrong. In the old voting system, fresh faces are scared to run, because they don’t want to pull votes away from establishment candidates, split the vote, and end up helping elect someone from the opposing party. Not a problem with RCV. People can run for office without hurting candidates they generally agree with. In fact, those candidates can cross-endorse each other—which basically means saying, 'Vote for me as your first-place candidate, and vote for my friend in the Democratic/Republican Party as your second-place choice.' In fact, this exact thing is happening in San Francisco’s mayoral race right now."
a:Charlotte-Hill  d:2018.06.04  w:1000  voting  San-Francisco  politics  from instapaper
10 weeks ago by bankbryan
Half of Silicon Valley residents want to leave, blame housing
Despite the Bay Area’s natural beauty and booming job market, nearly half of its residents now want to get out, citing a creeping disillusionment with the high cost of housing. Want to find more housing coverage and connect with our journalists? Click here to join our new Facebook group
bay-area  cost  housing  san-francisco 
10 weeks ago by kogakure
Facebook headquarters construction permits now exceed $1B - Construction Dive
In order to gain 20-year development rights and a waiver​ to height limitations at the site, Facebook agreed to pay the city several million dollars to fund city services and road and infrastructure improvements. As part of the package, the company will pay $430,000 in rent subsidies for “community-serving” professionals like teachers and law enforcement personnel, a $6.3 million affordable housing fee and a $300,000 annual payment to the city for 20 years, among other measures.
corporate-headquarters  facebook  california  san-francisco  Around-the-web  permitting  construction  this-week-425 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
No Filter
"That’s not me; it is a different Jane Kim. Kim is actually a very common Korean name. Even though we received these questions less than 24 hours ago, my team Googled 'Jane Kim' and 'Ivy Enterprises', called the company and spoke to this other Jane Kim who confirmed her employment. I would suggest the Chronicle also verify information received from opposition research in the future."
a:Jane-Kim  p:Jane-Kim  d:2018.05.03  w:2500  media  politics  San-Francisco  journalism  from twitter
may 2018 by bankbryan

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